BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS FEBRUARY 8, 2021

PA WOMAN IN CUSTODY OVER ROLE IN RIOTS
A Woman from Mercer County who is wanted by the FBI and known for her role as the bullhorn lady at the US Capitol Riots on January 6th, turned herself in to authorities in New Castle Pennsylvania  last week and will remain in custody before a hearing next week in Pittsburgh.  According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 40 year old Rachel Marie Powell is a mother of 8 and a Donald Trump supporter and she is charged after she was interviewed in a national magazine about her role in the riots following numerous videos that surfaced surfaced of her directing rioters with details about the layout of the capitol building and using a large pipe as a battering ram with other rioters.  Powell will have a detention hearing tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge.

AREMED ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT IN WILLIAMSPORT
There was an armed robbery Saturday night in Williamsport and Williamsport Bureau of Police are searching for the suspect.  According to police, multiple victims were walking down  the 2200 block of West Third Street and was confronted by an armed unknown black male, wearing all black clothing, a white mask and glasses.  The man fled on foot just after 8:30pm after robbing one of the victims.  If you h ave any information that could help the investigation, call Williamsport Bureau of police

SUSPECT SOLD DRUGS TO INFORMANT IN WILLIMSPORT
A Williamsport man is facing charges after detectives say he sold drugs to an undercover informant. According to North Central PA dot com, 39 year old Rodney Alan Wilson  was contacted by an officer on two occasions  to meet to buy cocaine at Waltz Lane and Park Place in Williamsport.  Lycoming County Detectives  received a search warrant  for the residence at 925 Cherry Street and found  drug packaging paraphernalia, for cocaine and marijuana as well as cash.  Wilson was charged two felonies for manufacture and delivery along with other charges. Wilson’s bail was set $75,000 non-monetary.

STATE COLLEGE FUNDRAISER WILL BE VIRTUAL THIS YEAR
Penn State’s THON, the annual 46 hour dance-a-thon fundraiser scheduled for February 19th through the 21st will be held at a virtual location this year to promote the safety of students, volunteers and supporters.   Sponsored by the nonprofit Four Diamonds organization, THON’s Executive committee is working to provide the best experience for THON this year so they can continue to fight against childhood cancer.  THON has raised over $180 million since it started in 1976, if you’d like to volunteer this year, go online to THON dot com.

BODY FOUND IN UNION COUNTY EARLY SUNDAY
A woman’s body was found along Interstate 80 eastbound in Union County early Sunday morning and police are investigating.  According to police reports, I-80 was shutdown so they could investigate evidence found at the off-ramp at the Mile Run exit 199 in White Deer Township.  The investigation took about 5 hours to complete and police say they will release more details soon.  No word from State police at Milton  on whether foul play was involced in the incident.

MAN HAS VIDEO GAME RECORDS TO PROVE INNOCENCE
A man facing charges for a home invasion and holding three juveniles and an adult at gunpoint on High Street in Williamsport last May, has added video game records to a list of evidence suggesting he did not commit the crime.  According to North Central PA dot com, 29 year old Cecil P. Thompson’ s lawyer filed a notice of alibi defense for the alleged crime, saying the Xbox gaming records show Thompson was playing live video games at the time.  Court records indicate that in a State police investigation, fingerprints collected at the scene do not match Thompson’s either.  A Lycoming County Judge lowered Thompson’s bail last November and Thompson was released.  He faces a pre-trial hearing March 2nd for 3 felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass, unlawful restraint and other charges.

CHECK FORGING SUSPECT WILL PLEAD GUILTY
A 37-year-old Williamsport man is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on Feb. 22 for his alleged role in the theft of checks.  According to North Central PA dot com, Williamsport Bureau of Police said Jason Robert Yahn was accused of forging his former employer’s signature on three different checks that totaled $2,100. Lycoming County Court records say Yahn is charged with four separate third-degree felonies that included theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, theft from a motor vehicle and other charges.

SUMMERSTOCK AUDITIONS OPEN AT COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
The community arts center is announcing open auditions for students in grades 7 through 12 to participate in Summer Stock Performances for 2021. According to the Community Art Center website, Lycoming College Theatre professor Dr. C. Austin Hill will direct Sponge Bob the Musical to begin July 30th and is seeking actors singers and dancers from all over Lycomign C ounty.  Video submissions are due by May first with call backs on ZOOM and rehearsals start June 1st.  INsturctinos on submitting auditions available at caclive.com

SPORTS
NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl 55.  43-year-old Tom Brady threw 201 yards and three touchdowns earning his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and seventh ring, leading the Buccaneers to win their first Super Bowl since 2003

NHL
The Flyers beat the capitals 7-4, Red Wings beat the Panthers 4 to 1, Hurricanes beat the Blue Jacket 6-5, Blackhawks beat Stars 2 to 1, Golden Knights over Kings 4 to 3, Avalanche and Blues, Coyotes and Wild postponed

NBA
Jazz beat the Pacers 103 to 95, Heat beat the Knicks 109 to 103, Hornets over the Wizards 119 to 97, Suns beat the Celtics 100 to 91, Kings over the Clippers 113 to 110, Trailblazers and Hornets were postponed

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